Five of the best quotes about Port Vale legend John Rudge

He’s a Port vale legend – so here’s what the great and the good have to say about John Rudge…

Sir Alex Ferguson – football legend

How do you measure success? Is it winning trophies like United down the years or is it spending 13 or 14 years at Port Vale and having to sell your best players. Every time you go to a game you see him with that bonnet on. He’s carried on like that for years. That’s dedication for you. He’s done a fantastic job at Vale, unbelievable…


Phil Shaw – the Independent

Rudge established himself as one of football’s loaves-and-fishes merchants, lifting Vale to a position in the Football League above their traditionally more successful neighbours, Stoke City. Just as his flat cap became a familiar sight on touchlines, so his trademark away from the action became his ability to unearth and develop talent. Unfortunately for Rudge, Vale’s modest support and slender resources meant he was constantly having to sell his discoveries and rebuild his teams. Given those circumstances, his record of three promotions, three Wembley visits and a string of FA Cup giant-killings was all the more laudable…


John RudgeIan Bogie – former Port Vale player

John has done a fabulous job here… Be realistic – people used to say ‘Port Vale – where the hell’s that?’ It was a non-league set-up here and he got us pushing for the Premiership at one stage and we’re still in the First Division. John bought us all here, a lot of us for next to nothing. I was going nowhere at Orient and I’ve had four years of First Division football. I’m grateful to him for that…


Port Vale fans with John Rudge masks at Swindon TownRobbie Earle – former Port Vale player

But for him, it is possible I would never have had a chance to play for a top flight club. John is not just a former colleague, he has become a close friend (the Port Vale players) couldn’t work with a better Manager.


Sir Alex Ferguson (again)

Every Port Vale supporter should get down on their knees and thank the Lord for John Rudge. Nineteen years of hard work, self-sacrifice and service to one football club borders on disbelief – especially in this day and age…

 

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